Lance Reddick, an actor famous for his roles in John Wick movies and HBO The wiredied at the age of 60.
Reddick died “suddenly” Friday morning, his publicist Mia Hansen said in a statement, attributing his death to natural causes. His death was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.com.
Reddick, who plays the character of Charon in John Wick movies, is on a press tour for the fourth installment of the franchise and is set to visit The Kelly Clarkson Show next Sunday.
The actor appeared to skip the New York City premiere of John Wick 4 on Wednesday, posting a video of himself with his dogs on social media instead. It is unclear why he chose not to attend the event.
Reddick was often put in a suit or a crisp uniform during his career, playing tall quiet and elegant men with a difference. He is best known for his role as the straight-laced Lt. Cedric Daniels in the hit HBO series The wire where his character is painfully trapped in the messy politics of the Baltimore police department.
“I am an artist at heart. I feel like I’m very good at what I do. When I studied drama, I knew I was as smart as the other students, but because I was a Black boy and I wasn’t pretty, I knew I had to work hard to be the best I could be. be, and be noticed,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2009.
He has also had roles in small screen productions including American Horror Story, pendant, Bosch, oz and Lost.
Reddick earned a 2021 SAG Award nomination as part of the ensemble for Regina King’s film A Night in Miami. His upcoming projects include the 20th Century remake of White Men Can’t Jump and Shirley, the Netflix biopic of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. He is also scheduled to appear in John Wick spinoff Ballerinaas well as the The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.
Baltimore-born-and-raised Reddick is a Yale University drama school graduate who has enjoyed some success after school, but this is in the fourth season of ozplaying a doomed undercover officer sent to prison who becomes an addict, Reddick has had career success.
“I was never interested in television. I always saw it as a means to an end. Like so many artists, I was only interested in theater and film production. But oz changed the television. This was the beginning of HBO’s reign of quality, edgy, artistic stuff. Things that harken back to the great cinema of the ’60s and ’70s,” he told The Associated Press in 2011.
“When there is an opportunity for oz come, I jump. And when I read the pilot for The wireas a guy who never wanted to be on television, I realized I had to be on this show.”
Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.
— with files from The Associated Press
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